Here we aim to
give a few hints on safe surfing, protecting your computer from the
ever increasing threat of virus and spyware, and your email from spam
First let's deal
with virus protection. There is a bewildering choice of anti virus
software available and let me tell you from the start that none of
them will totally prevent virus attack. Having said that most will
minimise the risk. It is most unwise to surf the internet without
any form of virus protection at all. So here are a couple of recommendations.
For anti virus
we strongly recommend AVG antivirus, you can purchase a complete package
which will give you protection against virus attack and spy ware while
at the same time deploying a firewall to protect from any form of
hacking. There is also a totally free version of the antivirus program
which includes some spyware protection.
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In our experience
we have found the firewall in AVG Internet Security Package a little
difficult to manage in a large network environment but the package
should be ideal for the average home user. ZoneAlarm is another product
perfect for multiple computer networks . Most people have routers
now rather than modems and most routers have a built in firewall system.
Versions of Microsoft Windows also have a built in firewall from WinXP
onwards. We have found the free version of AVG antivirus to be effective
for most people. Remember that new viruses are released every day
and so any antivirus software must be updated regularly. Also you
should NEVER run two different antivirus programs at the same time,
they are very likely to conflict and operate less efficiently.
Take a look at
PC Security here.
This is a complete internet security suite and certainly worth looking
Most people have
routers now rather than modems and most routers have a built in firewall
system. Versions of Microsoft Windows also have a built in firewall
from WinXP onwards. We have found the free version of AVG antivirus
to be effective for most people but it is only a basic version and
as such has no firewall. Remember that new viruses are released every
day and so any antivirus software must be updated regularly. Also
you should NEVER run two different antivirus programs at the same
time, they are very likely to conflict and operate less efficiently.
is it? Well every time you surf the internet different websites might
cause a small program to be remotely installed on your computer which
tracks and reports back your surfing habits. Ostensibly this is for
legitimate market research but I still consider it and invasion of
privacy and the effect it has on your computer is to slow it down.
I have seen computers at a virtual standstill with 4,000 or more items
of spyware installed. Not all spyware is so harmless either some might
include a keylogger which eports back every key pressed the originator
then scans the log of your keystrokes with a special program which
looks for personal details. It is there fore very important you scan
for this kind of parasite regularly. We can recommend SuperAntispyware
which is also available as a free version from http://www.superantispyware.com?rid=4265.
SUPERAntiSpyware is the most thorough scanner on the market. Multi-Dimensional
Scanning and Process Interrogation Technology will detect spyware
other products miss! Easily remove pests such as WinFixer, SpyAxe,
SpyFalcon, and thousands more! Repair broken Internet Connections,
Desktops, Registry Editing and more with the unique Repair System.
A Dedicated Threat Research Team scours the web for new threats and
provides daily definition updates.
To prevent spam
emails it is important that you avoid using your email address to
register on a site wherever possible, especially if that site is not
for a well known company. Most legitimate sites have a checkbox or
some other way to opt out of unsolicited emails. Many less scrupulous
websites sell any email information on so that once you begin getting
spam it snowballs rapidly. Another point to remember is that very
often replying to an email to unsubscribe only confirms that your
email address is active and again opens the door for more spam.
One other important
thing to remember, rarely is anything free on the intenet, there is
often a hidden cost and sometimes the cost is a virus or spyware or
something equally undesirable. This is doubly the case if what you
think is free would also break copyright or if it's not strictly legal.
Adult content sites and music sharing sites/software like limewire
are the most likely to cause problems.